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Unusual fit connundrum
My wife is having some unusual fit issues and I was hoping someone here has seen this sort of thing before...
Four score and seven years ago my wife was a competitive Celtic dancer. For 19 years she was whacked with a stick by mean old Scottish women who wanted her to keep her back straight, hips rolled forward. Now, after 19 years of being beaten into submission and rolling her hips forward, she no longer sits on her sit bones.
The result is that when she sits on a bicycle saddle she is not sitting on her sit bones, but is instead sitting on the soft, unmentionable fleshy bits. This, as you can imagine, causes much pain and bruising.
We've tried 7 different saddles with mixed results. She's on a Sella Italia Gel Women's saddle now that has been the best so far, but does not in itself solve the problem. She's also using Pearl Izumi shorts with a very well designed pad, but this is also only one facet and not a fix.
She's currently riding a Trek 1000. Maybe that's half the problem... The size fits her well, but the TT is a bit long (51cm) so we've tested/rented a smaller Cervelo frame that is shorter in the TT (47cm) and this was better for her because it brought her weight back a little and didn't stretch her out even more.
So, we're getting closer but I don't want to spend $1,500 on the Cervelo if it is not going to solve the problem. We've tried getting a professional fit from the best guy in town, but they've claimed her seating position and angles are perfect, save for the fact that her hips are rolled forward.
Does anyone have ideas on this? Ever seen this before? Ever fit a bike to a former ballet or Celtic dancer?